Greetings and Aloha from Hilo, Hawaii–a wet and rather grey Hilo Hawaii at the moment. Just a few Twitter length thoughts this morning.
Kirk Cameron dared to state publicly what Christians simply must believe biblically regarding homosexuality being unnatural (if God defines what nature is, doesn’t it follow that if it goes against His creative decree, it is unnatural?) and destructive (the evidence for that is indisputable, both in the destruction of the lives of those who engage in it, as well as the inability of such people to create life naturally). The media elites are gnashing their teeth in response, and we must understand why. As God-hating secularism becomes the norm, we must realize that it cannot stand criticism, and it cannot allow for freedom of any dissenting viewpoints. The Great State must silence all other views. This is the nature of secularism, and history shows us the banishment of free speech and thought is a necessary element of totalitarianism (and you thought 1984 was just a compelling story!). As Christians we remember the words of Jesus, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18-19). We expect the world’s hatred. Those who court its friendship are enemies of God. John also told us, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). God may well be forcibly ripping us away from our love of the world by allowing the hatred of that world to express itself in ever more visible, and painful, ways.
Meanwhile the elitist media has gone forward with airing “GCB,” another orgy of in-your-face immorality and reveling in ungodliness bannered under the most outrageous anti-Christian bigotry and insult. Isn’t it ironic that this is airing while Western governments stand around in shock, incapable of understanding why their deeply felt apologies regarding accident (and generally irrelevant) Qur’an burnings at a prison have only resulted in Muslims killing more…Muslims, along with others? And the head-scratching at how the militants the West armed in Libya are now desecrating the graves of British soldiers buried there from WWII? “We thought they would be so thankful for our help!” seems to be the politicians’ bewildered cry. Meanwhile, how many people lost their lives—indeed, how many Christians killed other Christians—when the same American armed forces purposefully, not accidentally, burned hundreds of New Testaments only a few years ago all in the hope of avoiding offending the same people who are burning, looting, and murdering in the name of Islam today? Welcome to dhimmitude, folks. Get used to the double standard.
Finally, Ergun Caner spoke at a church in Florida this past weekend. When another local pastor attempted to contact the host church’s pastor to inquire as to whether he knew of Caner’s disgraceful dishonesty, he did not get a response. The church did not advertise Caner’s being there, and as with so many other speaking engagements, the recordings of Caner’s sermon are handled differently than the “regular” sermons (even this time claiming “technical difficulties”). This is not the first time I have had someone write to me about this kind of situation, and it shows, sadly, that those having Caner in to speak do, in fact, know about his problems, but refuse to address them, and prefer to assist in the Great Evangelical Cover Up.
Well, looking over those few items, it sounds like the end is near! But despair not, brothers and sisters. God is still on His throne, our redemption draws near, the Spirit continues to minister life to us through the gospel, and the Lamb who was slain continues to stand in the presence of the Father, His work just as pleasing, just as finished, just as complete, just as powerful, as ever before. That is our solace, that is our rock, that is the anchor that goes within the veil. There is no power in heaven or in earth that can shake it or frustrate the sovereign God who spoke the universe into existence. Do not look to yourself, your circumstances, or the present situation around us—lift up your eyes, look to eternity, see past this evil age, and rejoice in the truth of God’s perfect will.